OCTOBER 2022: Due to COVID we were unable to travel for nearly two years, which means it’s been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below restaurants are still open, so please contact them directly to check. As travel has now restarted we will be updating guides accordingly, but in the meantime please check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.
Published August 2019
Here is our Vegan Guide to Hong Kong which is fast becoming one of the most vegan friendly locations in Asia; in Hong Kong you will find everything from vegan burgers and vegan cakes to vegan fine dining and vegan dim sum. Restaurants and luxury hotels are embracing the current growth in the plant based food market and that can only mean one thing; there is lots of vegan food in Hong Kong and you’re going to love it! We can’t mention vegan food and plant based dining in Hong Kong without mentioning the Green Monday initiative which is playing a huge part in the growth in Hong Kong and throughout the region. The team behind Green Monday were early investors in Beyond Meat and have gone on to launch Omnipork, the game changing pork alternative that looks and cooks just like conventional ground pork. They also operate a number of Green Common grocery shops and cafes (see below) where you can stock up on your plant based favourites or grab a vegan meal.
Hats of to Green Monday, they are Plant Based Pioneers for sure…
There are Loving Hut restaurants all over the world and they provide an easy option for vegan food that is reasonably priced. We’ve wanted to visit the Wan Chai branch for many years to try the vegan ‘egg’ tarts which many people have told us about previously. We can now say it was worth the wait, they are delicious with a creamy egg soufflé type filling in a short crust pastry case. At just 24 HKD for 2 they are great value for money and we can’t wait to try them again. We also had one of the daily specials which was brown rice, vegetables, sesame sticky pork and a bowl of soup. It was pretty decent but it was all about the egg tarts to be honest!
Opening Times: 10.30am-8.30pm every day (open until 9pm on Saturday)
This is a cool spot with limited seating so be prepared to wait for a table…but it’s worth the wait! We ordered the Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos from the main menu and Laksa Noodle Soup from the chalkboard. The trio of hard tacos were delicious with the paprika and cumin flavoured lentils and cauliflower combining perfectly and complemented by the creamy sauce and crunchy tacos. The laksa was soothing, homely and comforting, a great example of this Southeast Asian favourite. The flavoursome broth, seitan and tofu pieces and chunky vegetables were all cooked perfectly and very satisfying indeed.
Our time in Hong Kong was limited but we had received many recommendations for POP vegan and didn’t want to miss out. Therefore, we went for dessert only after a meal elsewhere. Choosing Lemon Meringue Pie and Apple Crumble we were super excited at both of our choices. We can report a 50% success rate, the Lemon Meringue Pie was very tasty indeed with a wholewheat pastry crust filled with a tart lemon creation and topped with what we think was whipped coconut cream. It was so good we wished we had ordered 2! The Apple Crumble however, was disappointing. It was a baked apple sliced in 3 and covered in a crumble mixture. It just didn’t hit the spot and we didn’t eat it which is very unusual for us as we love dessert. The staff were very courteous and when they realised we were not happy with it they reduced our bill accordingly. We must say, we kind of regret not going for dinner as the menu read very well with everything from banana flower ‘fish’ and chips with mushy peas to a Beyond Meat wellington served with mash and veg. Next time for sure…
We’ve been here many times over the years and always ordered from the dim sum menu which has an English language version which is of course very helpful. Three Virtues is a bustling, traditional dining hall in the heart of the city on Nathan Road. We selected 2 different dumpling sets and ‘Pan Fried Rice Sheets in Superior Soy Sauce’. The dumplings were great and the noodles just ok, in fact they were a little oily. Enjoy the tea that is served and try to work out the correct way to prepare and pour your tea by watching the locals around you. This will remain on our ‘go to’ list each and every time we visit Hong Kong.
Located in Hong Kong Park, just a short distance from Admiralty MRT and close to The Peak Tram departure point is well worth a visit for those who enjoy tea and dimsum. Recognised by many to be one of the best tea and veg dim sum options in Hong Kong a visit here combines perfectly with a walk around the park before heading to The Peak where you can enjoy the views. Our waitress chose 2 teas and a selection of vegan dim sum for us to share and all were very good.
Vegan Friendly Restaurants in Hong Kong
GREEN ICON Hotel 17 Science Museum Rd Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Times: 7am-midnight every day
GREEN is the lobby restaurant at Hotel ICON which boasts a huge vertical garden that adorns one of the walls. They are one of the many restaurants in Hong Kong which have included the new plant based burger from Impossible Foods on their menu. Served with French fries, sweet potato fries or salad the burger is priced at 168 HKD. You can select one additional topping, but only one of these was vegan and that was avocado which we gladly chose. This is an elegant and stylish spot for lunch, perfect to escape the bustling city outside whilst at the same time enjoy a tasty plant based burger!
Ming Court Cordis Hong Kong 555 Shanghai St Mong Kok
Opening Times: 11am-2.30pm for lunch and 6pm-10.30 for diner every day
This was Michelin starred vegan fine dining at it’s best. They offer a vegetarian set menu and a la carte options in conjunction with Green Monday with dishes including Omnipork, Gardein and Beyond meats. It is very exciting too see these meat alternatives being used in a Cantonese fine dining restaurant. Upon request, they prepared a vegan set menu and it was phenomenal, you can read more in our Cordis Hotel review. Delicate textures, exciting flavours and innovative creations combined to deliver a memorable meal. Highlights being the Sweet and Sour Omnipork which was sticky and oh so delicious. Also, the Wild mushrooms, wrapped in Chinese cabbage and baked in an Almond sauce was truly remarkable.
Grand Cafe Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 1 Harbour Road Wan Chai
Opening Times: 6.30am-midnight every day
As the demand for vegan food grows we are being more and more hotels adding plant based options to their menus. At Grand Cafe you will find a number of options including an Impossible vegan cheese burger, sweet potato rosti, parsley sage and chipotle mayo which was divine. Every element was perfect including the creamy parsley sauce, the melted vegan cheese (from Daiya) and the oh so good homemade chipotle mayo. Excellent. There was also a caponata and spinach tortilla wrap with grilled portobello mushroom that was easily veganised by changing the regular mozzarella for Daiya mozzarella and a Mapo Tofu dish with assorted mushrooms. All were excellent and made us so happy to be vegan in 2019 when we are literally spoiled for choice!
You know when you order vegan tex mex food and you end up paying the same price as everyone else despite having veggies or beans instead of meat or fish and no sour cream and no cheese? Well, that’s not the case at Calimex where not only do they have soy ‘chicken’ and Impossible Meat options they also have tofu sour cream and vegan cheese. Oh yes, oh yes I hear you say and we feel exactly the same. We ordered the Venice Beach Vegan Burrito and the venice Beach Vegan Taco, both of which made us very happy indeed…
Vegan Shopping in Hong Kong
Green Common have a number of locations and trust when we say you will be impressed, very impressed. We have never seen such a wide range of vegan and plant based options at this shop that dreams are made of. The team behind Green Common are at the forefront of the huge growth of veganism in the region and we wish them all the very best of luck going forward. Many of their locations have cafes where you can enjoy plant based delights or you can pick up Beyond Burgers or OmniPork ‘to go’, the choice is yours!
Happy Cow Ice Cream
Happy Cow Ice Cream is available in many retail outlets accross Hong Kong and it’s delicious! Everyone needs vegan ice cream in their lives and the team behind Happy Cow are making that dream a reality. We enjoyed both Salted Caramel and Cherry Almond Fudge which were both very good, we will be working our way through the other multiple flavours when we return to Hong Kong!
Vegan Travel in Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 (departures) at Hong Kong International Airport and not only do they have vegan options they have the Beyond Burger! No longer do we have to explore the airport looking for something vegan before our long haul flight and that is music to our ears. It wasn’t perfect as the bun was not vegan (come on, that’s easy to sort out surely?) but the staff team told us not to worry, the chef will fashion a bun from the bread they offer. There were also vegan options on the salad bar and a Vegetarian Menu which included a Thai Curry which was also vegan. Access is for those who are flying with partner airlines in Business Class or by paying for entry. We were lucky to have an invite from Virgin Atlantic as they no longer have their own Business Class Lounge at HKG so we are unsure of the cost.
Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Hong Kong
Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Hong Kong that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, their Vegan Hong Kong page currently lists more than 30 all vegan restaurants for you to choose from. HappyCow enlists ambassadors in each location to keep their information up to date and we are thrilled to fulfill that role in our current HQ of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The HappyCow Ambassador City Picks for Hong kong are as follows:
We’ve included our favourites above based on a few visits recently, but there is a wealth of online information that will help you with your vegan travel adventure to Hong Kong. Here are some of the other vegan online resources to Hong Kong that we found helpful: